PBA Spare Shots: Oklahoma Open to Feature Two-Day, Nine-Player Finals Live on ESPN

by Bill Vint May 19, 2017 09:34

The PBA will return to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., this summer with a unique two-day, nine-player stepladder finals live on ESPN and a $30,000 first prize culminating the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. The tournament is open to all PBA members.

The new tournament, to be held at the home of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, will include eight-game qualifying rounds on the Wolf, Bear and Badger lane conditions on June 27, 28 and 29, respectively. The top 33 players based on combined 24-game pinfall totals on the animal pattern conditions traditionally used in the PBA’s Summer/Fall Swing will advance to an eight-game cashers’ round on the Oklahoma Open lane condition on June 30, and 32-game totals will determine the nine players who will bowl on ESPN.

Back-to-back live telecasts on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, will begin at 1 p.m. EDT, starting with the no. 9 qualifier meeting no. 8 in the opening match. The 32-game qualifying leader, who will pick the lane conditioning pattern used for all of the TV shows, will bowl whomever survives the stepladder in Sunday’s final match.

PBA50 STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

PBA50 Tour stars Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Bob Learn Jr. and Ron Mohr have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff to represent the United States in the World Bowling Senior Championships Aug. 13-20 in Munich, Germany.

The women’s contingent will include USBC Hall of Famers Lynda Barnes, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg and Tish Johnson. Both groups will try to defend the team titles won by the U.S. in the 2015 championships in Las Vegas. The World Senior Championships have been held every two years since the event’s inception in 2013. In 2015, U.S. bowlers won 14 of the 38 available medals awarded in singles, doubles, four-player team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA INTERNATIONAL STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD GAMES

In addition to American PBA stars Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, Kelly Kulick and Danielle McEwan, who will represent the United States in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, July 20-30, several international PBA members also are scheduled to participate in the multi-sport extravaganza for sports that are not officially part of the Olympic Games.

Among the international players scheduled to compete in Poland are Canada’s Francois Lavoie, Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen, Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Germany’s Pascal Winternheimer, Poland’s Daria Pajak, Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona, and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

Major championships on the PBA50 Tour and PWBA Tour highlight the upcoming schedule of Xtra Frame events, beginning with the USBC Queens, the PWBA Tour’s first major of the year, from Baton Rouge, La., now through Monday. Xtra Frame will provide exclusive coverage of all qualifying and match play elimination rounds leading up to the same-day tape-delayed telecast of the CBS Sports Network finals on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 p.m. EDT.

After streaming newly-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel’s victory in the PBA50 Miller Lite Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Tuesday, the PBA50 Tour heads west to resume competition in the Northern California Classic from Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., May 29-31, followed by USBC’s Super Senior Classic (June 1-3); the USBC Senior Masters (June 4-10) at Sam’s Town Bowling Center, and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm (June 12-16) at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The NorCal Classic and Senior U.S. Open will be streamed live on Xtra Frame. The USBC events will be live streamed on BOWL.tv.

PBA Tour competition also is on tap, with the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29, followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4, and the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 10-11. All three are PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events and each will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE ROTO GRIP BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Roto Grip ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/RotoGrip_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Roto Grip will be available for play on May 26.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: RAYMOND WINS THIRD REGIONAL TITLE IN OHIO

J.R Raymond of Clinton Township, Mich. defeated Kyle Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, Ohio by eight pins Sunday to win the PBA Taylor Kia Central Open presented by Hammer at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio.

Raymond finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,943 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his third PBA Regional title and the $2,500 top prize. Mayberry posted an 8-4 match play record and knocked down 4,931 pins to finish second.

Kyle Sherman from O’Fallon, Mo., won his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open presented by Radical Sunday, topping PBA Southwest Region veterans and twin brothers Sean and Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas.

Sherman, in his first event as a PBA member, led the qualifying going into Sunday’s modified eight-game round robin finals. After losing two of his first three matches, Sherman won his next four matches, highlighted by a 277-176 victory over defending champion Brett Cooper of Denver, Colo. Heading into position round, Sherman held an 85-pin lead over Sean Lavery-Spahr. Lavery-Spahr finished with a 257 but Sherman’s 247 was enough to claim the $2,500 winner’s check.  

Anthony Lavery-Spahr held on to third place, squeaking out a 167-163 win over Canada’s Francois Lavoie in their position round match.

● PBA Regional competition over the May 19-21 weekend includes the Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC Open presented by Ebonite from Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y.; the PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by DV8 plus the one-day PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open from Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the American Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Homewood Chevrolet from Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., and the PBA50 Spare Times Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite from Spare Times Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● Tamara Widdell has been selected as winner of the Barbasol Ultimate Fan Package, conducted in conjunction with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship. As winner of the sweepstakes, Widdell receives a personal phone call for the PBA Player of her choice, a bowling pin autographed by top PBA players, a customized PBA replica player jersey and a prize pack from Barbasol.

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PBA’s GEICO World Series of Bowling IX Returns to Reno’s National Bowling Stadium November 7-19

by Bill Vint May 12, 2017 12:26

RENO, Nev. – For the third consecutive year, Reno and the National Bowling Stadium will host the world’s premier international bowling showcase when the ninth annual edition of GEICO’S Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling begins a 13-day run on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and concluding with the PBA World Championship on Sunday, Nov. 19.

WSOB IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno properties, Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno in cooperation with Reno Tahoe USA, is expected to attract a capacity field of 185 PBA members from more than 20 countries to compete for shares of an estimated $700,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

In keeping with PBA World Series tradition, the multi-event program will again present players with the world’s most prestigious test of bowling skills involving a variety of lane condition challenges and competition formats. The PBA members-only event, with an all-inclusive entry fee of $1,000 covering all five PBA Tour events, will include the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships plus the PBA World Championship, the final major championship of the 2017 season.

The World Series, which always plays a significant role in PBA Player and Rookie of the Year competitions, will again feature the PBA’s most comprehensive test of versatility, using the composite 60-game qualifying totals from the four animal pattern events to determine the five players who will compete for the $60,000 first prize in the PBA World Championship finals. In 2016, EJ Tackett’s PBA World Championship victory propelled him to 2016 PBA Player of the Year honors.

In addition to the five PBA Tour events, the World Series also will host the fifth annual PBA Challenge Series, inviting the top players from PBA50 and PBA Regional programs to participate in the WSOB program. The PBA Regional points leaders in the East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan Regions as of the Oct. 15 qualifying deadline will receive WSOB and PBA Challenge Series invitations. The top eight players based on PBA50 Tour points will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA50 Tour season on Aug. 12.

The 2017 World Series will get underway earlier than it did in 2016 to avoid a conflict with the World Bowling Men’s World Championships which is scheduled to take place in December.

World Series competition officially begins with Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championship qualifying rounds Nov. 7-12. Qualifying will involve two-five game on freshly-oiled conditions, one squad with five players per pair, and one in six entrants cashing in each animal pattern event. Combined 40-game qualifying totals from those four events also will determine cashers who will advance to the final 20 games of PBA World Championship qualifying Nov. 13-14. The top 16 qualifiers in each of the four animal pattern events will then bowl single-elimination match play rounds Nov. 15-16 to determine the ESPN finalists in each event.

The 40-game qualifying totals for the four animal pattern championships also will serve as the basis for selecting the five American and five international players who will compete in a special USA vs. The World team event at the end of WSOB IX.

All ESPN finals are scheduled for Nov. 18-19 for delayed telecast on ESPN, but all shows will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as they happen. The ESPN telecast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Entries for the World Series will be accepted on pba.com beginning July 10. All players are required to stay at one of the three Eldorado properties: Eldorado, Silver Legacy or Circus Circus Reno. Room reservation information will be announced soon.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, as well as via live scoring on PBA’s official website, pba.com, and all outlets included as part of the PBA Network.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IX
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Nov. 7-19

Tuesday, Nov. 7
10 a.m. – PBA Cheetah and Chameleon practice session
1 p.m. – PBA Regional and PBA50 Challenge finals, 8 games round robin match play
4:30 p.m. – PBA50 Challenge Finals (Xtra Frame)
5 p.m. – PBA Regional Challenge Finals (Xtra Frame)
7 p.m. – Players meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Cheetah Round of 16 match play on Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 9
11 a.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Chameleon Round of 16 match play on Nov. 15

Friday, Nov. 10
Noon – PBA Scorpion and Shark practice session

Saturday, Nov. 11
11 a.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Scorpion Round of 16 match play on Nov. 16

Sunday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. – PBA Shark Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Shark Round of 16 match play on Nov. 16
    Top 25 percent of field after 40 combined qualifying games on Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round on Nov. 13

Monday, Nov. 13
1 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Cheetah pattern
5 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Chameleon pattern

Tuesday, Nov. 14
1 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Scorpion pattern
5 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Shark pattern
    Top five after 60 combined qualifying games on Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns advance to PBA World Championship stepladder finals)

Wednesday, Nov. 15
11 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
1:30 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Cheetah Championship finals
3:30 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
6 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Chameleon Championship finals

Thursday, Nov. 16
11 a.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
1:30 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Scorpion Championship finals
3:30 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
6 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Shark Championship finals

Friday, Nov. 17
6 p.m. – National Bowling Stadium pro-am

Saturday, Nov. 18/Sunday, Nov. 19
ESPN finals, all events (details to be announced; all finals will be live streamed on ESPN3/Watch ESPN app)

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PBA Spare Shots: L.L.Bean PBA League Semifinals to Re-Air on ESPN2 Saturday

by Bill Vint May 12, 2017 12:13

The ESPN telecast of the L.L.Bean PBA League semifinal round matches between the Shipyard Dallas Strikers vs. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen, and the L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks vs. Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters will re-air in its entirety Saturday at noon EST on ESPN2.

The re-broadcast airs in advance of Sunday’s L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup Finals at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES PBA50, PWBA COVERAGE; XTRA FRAME TOUR ON TAP

Xtra Frame coverage of both the PBA50 Tour and the PWBA Tour continues with the PBA50 Tour’s first major of 2017, the PBA50 Tour Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, May 14-16, plus PWBA’s Fountain Valley Open from Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., today and Saturday before the women’s tour heads to Baton Rouge, La., for its first major of the season, the USBC Queens, May 18-23.

PBA Tour competition resumes with the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29, followed by the PBA XF Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4. Both are PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events and both will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

LEARN ACCEPTS POST AS MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE HEAD COACH

Five-time PBA Tour titlist and current PBA50 competitor Bob Learn Jr. has accepted a position as head bowling coach for men and women at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. Martin Methodist, an NAIA program, competes in the Mid-South Conference.

Learn, who has extensive experience in the coaching ranks, is one of more than 30 PBA members who are actively involved as a collegiate or high school bowling coach.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE EBONITE BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Ebonite ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: link http://bit.ly/Ebonite_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Ebonite ball will be available for play on May 19.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: JOSH BLANCHARD WINS 11TH REGIONAL TITLE

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., posted a 5-4-1 match play record and knocked down 4,136 pins Sunday to win his 11th career regional title in the PBA Sunset Automotive Group Open presented by US Foods at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, Wash.

Blanchard, who earned $2,000, defeated Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, by 48 pins for the title. Barnes had an 8-2 match play record and 4,088 pins for his 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet, Pat Johns of Seattle, Wash., went 4-1-1 and knocked down 2,930 total pins to top amateur Jimmie Dillingham of Tacoma, Wash., for his first Northwest PBA50 Regional title. Dillingham had a 4-2 match play record and 2,895 pins for 14 games including match play bonus pins.

● Former USBC Masters champion Tom Hess from Urbandale, Iowa, won seven of his eight matches to claim his ninth PBA Regional title and $2,500 in the 10th annual PBA Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Hammer Sunday in Junction City, Kan.

Hess, who had three top-three finishes in Junction City in the last four years, closed the deal this time with a 258-235 victory over Wichita State collegian Wesley Low Jr. from Palmdale, Calif., in the final position round match to finish with a 21-game total of 4,951 pins. David (Boog) Krol of Nixa, Mo., jumped to second with a 269-195 position round win over non-member Alex George of Wichita, Kan., finishing 75 pins behind Hess with a 4,876 total, including match play bonus pins.

● In a battle of non-related namesakes, Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 222-214, to take the $1,500 first prize in the inaugural PBA50 Data & Sound Specialties Blue Ridge South Open at Fannin Lanes in Blue Ridge, Ga., Sunday.

Stoney Baker had earned the number two spot for the three-man stepladder finals, 250 pins behind Tom Baker with an 5-3 match play record and an 16-game total of 3,553 pins, including match play bonus pins. In the first match Stoney Baker defeated Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., 198-189.

● The May 12-14 PBA Regional calendar includes the Taylor Kia Central Open presented by Hammer from Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio, and the Planet Bowl Southwest Open presented by Radical from Oklahoma City.

● PBA Regional competition over the May 19-21 weekend includes the Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC Open presented by Ebonite from Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y.; the PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by DV8 plus the one-day PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open from Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the American Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Homewood Chevrolet from Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., and the PBA50 Spare Times Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite from Spare Times Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES:

● The late Sean Swanson, the winner of 19 PBA Regional titles and runner-up in the 1998 PBA Oregon Open, was inducted posthumously into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday in Springfield, Mo. Swanson lost his battle with cancer two years ago. For additional information on the Hall’s 2017 class visit http://bit.ly/2pzHi3N.

● For future planning: USBC has announced the 2018 USBC Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic (for players 60 and older) will be hosted by Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The Super Senior Classic will begin on May 31; the Senior Masters is set for June 4-10.

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Dallas Strikers, Portland Lumberjacks Advance to L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup Finals

by Bill Vint May 7, 2017 12:05

PORTLAND, Maine – The excitement generated from four sudden-death roll-offs in the quarterfinals continued to build in the L.L.Bean PBA League semifinal round at Bayside Bowl when the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers swept their best-of-two-game match against the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen while the local-favorite L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks won a stunning sudden-death battle over the Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters to set up the finalists for next Sunday’s Elias Cup finals.

The best-of-two-game semifinal round matches aired Sunday on ESPN. The PBA League Elias Cup will be decided next Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT on ESPN in a showdown involving singles, doubles, trios and Baker team matches.

Dallas_Page.Rhino_2017 PBAL Semi #1 (5)Employing a strategy that proved successful in the opening round, Dallas player-manager Norm Duke disregarded his personal views, electing to put his team on the more consistent right lane for the first game in order to finish the match on the tricky left lane. The strategy worked when team members Bill O’Neill, Duke, Rhino Page (at left), BJ Moore III and anchor bowler Tommy Jones strung five strikes in the second half of game one for a 239-196 win. The Strikers then clinched their berth in the Elias Cup finals with a 201-165 win in game two – the first match settled without a roll-off – taking advantage of a pair of doubles while Philadelphia ran into split trouble as the scoring conditions on the right lane began to change.

“We were the higher seed so we got to choose the order of lanes,” Duke said. “We decided to do what we did (in the first round) because my guys seemed to like them when they’re hooking more. I don’t know about that, but they have a point. When the other guys go to the right lane, it’s harder to move right than left.

“It was against my instincts, but I have some really good minds and they know what they like,” the PBA Hall of Famer added. “I can pretty much deal with all of it, so I try to put them in the right position. Now we’re back in the title match, and that’s what counts.”

The Lumberjacks had a more challenging trip to their finals berth, facing a comeback after the Atom Splitters – the only team to win the Elias Cup twice – escaped with a 221-217 win in the first game. As the lane conditions continued to transition in the second game, strikes became less frequent and spares became more valuable.

Heading into the 10th frame, Portland was on the brink of elimination after throwing only three strikes in the entire game. The Atom Splitters, needing only a mark in the 10th frame to lock up another berth in the Elias Cup finals, saw their hopes slip when anchor Jesper Svensson got his first shot wide and left the 3-7 split. Then the crowd was stunned when the left-handed two-hander threw a near-perfect shot, but the 3 pin wrapped around the 7, handing the Lumberjacks a 185-182 victory and sending yet another match into sudden-death.

Portland_Ciminelli.Ryan_2017 PBAL Semi #2 (8)In the one-ball roll-off, Silver Lake’s Tom Daugherty and Portland’s Wes Malott both struck. On the second attempt, Svensson came up light in the pocket again, leaving a 3 pin, and Portland’s Ryan Ciminelli (at left) sent the crowd into a frenzy with a strike.

“I couldn’t even hear myself screaming over the fans,” Ciminelli said. “Before Jesper got up in the 10th frame, I told (Lumberjacks manager) Tim (Mack) if he gives us a chance, I want it and he said, it doesn’t matter; you’re already getting it. Then he looked at Wes, and Wes said he wanted to throw (the sudden-death shot). We kinda went back and forth, but we decided it was going to take two shots, so (Wes) went first and he gave me the opportunity to be the hero. It’s a very cool feeling.”

“What a match,” Mack said. “We never expected Jesper to give us a chance. Just goes to show it isn’t over until it’s over. He gets up in the 10th and gets the ball a little wide, and leaves that split. And then he wraps the pin around the 7 pin, which is crazy. He couldn’t have made a better shot.

“In the roll-off it’s about heart and determination. All of a sudden we got a second life,” Mack continued. “I knew it was going to be Ryan or the big guy (Malott), and I went with Wes first just because he wanted to redeem himself after feeling like he let us down in the 10th frame. That’s not true, but he gave a chance. Then Jesper left a 7 pin and Ciminelli made an unbelievable shot. That’s what it’s all about.”

Next Sunday’s 1 p.m. EDT Elias Cup finals telecast between the Shipyard Dallas Strikes and L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks will include singles, doubles and Baker trios matches worth one point each, and a five-player Baker format team finale worth three points. In case of a tie, the Elias Cup will be decided in a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

In addition to the Elias Cup, the PBA will recognize the PBA League’s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player at the conclusion of the finals.

The ESPN telecast will be simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

L.L.BEAN PBA LEAGUE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN)

Semifinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Semifinal Match One: Shipyard Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, Rhino Page, B.J. Moore III, Tommy Jones) def. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Dave Wodka, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood), 239-196, 201-165.

Semifinal Match Two: L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks (Bryon Smith, Liz Johnson, Kyle Troup, Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott) def. Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes, Shawn Maldonado, DJ Archer, Tom Daugherty, Jesper Svensson), 217-221, 185-182, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

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PBA Returns to CBS Sports Network with New Main Event PBA Tour Finals Starting May 30

by Bill Vint May 5, 2017 09:44

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) returns to CBS Sports Network for the new Main Event PBA Tour Finals in Orlando, Fla. The Network will televise five consecutive, two-hour shows on Tuesday nights involving eight PBA Tour stars beginning on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 P.M, ET.

Players who will compete in the invitational special event include Australia’s Jason Belmonte; EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; Dom Barrett of England; Sweden’s Jesper Svensson; Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.  They are the PBA’s top eight in composite earnings over the past three seasons.

Individual career highlights include:

● Belmonte, a 14-time PBA Tour titlist, is a three-time PBA Player of the Year (and former Rookie of the Year) and winner of the 2017 Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters.

● Tackett, a seven-time PBA Tour champion, is the reigning PBA Player of the Year and winner of the 2016 PBA World Championship and 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.

● Barrett, a five-time PBA Tour winner, was 2013 PBA World Champion.

● Svensson, the first player to win five PBA Tour titles by age 21, is the 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner.

● Simonsen, a two-time Tour titlist, won the 2016 USBC Masters to become the youngest player ever to win a major title at age 19.

● Ciminelli, a seven-time PA Tour winner, won the 2015 U.S. Open.

● Jones, an 18-time title winner, has won two majors and is one of four players to earn both PBA Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors.

● Rash, an 11-time titlist, has won two majors and was 2012 PBA Player of the Year.

The Main Event PBA Tour finals will utilize a similar format to the tennis ATP Tour, dividing the field into two four-player groups for round-robin match play and award 50 bonus pins for each match win. Group A will include Belmonte, Svensson, Simonsen and Rash. Group B will include Tackett, Barrett, Ciminelli and Jones.

The first round will involve head-to-head matches within each group leading to Group A and Group B stepladder finals. The final two-hour telecast will include a match between the runners-up in each group for third place, and a three-game, total pinfall championship match between the Group A and B stepladder winners.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule, and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com

This will be the second PBA event hosted by Main Event in 2017. Earlier this year, Main Event Entertainment hosted the Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash in Katy, Texas.

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